Odiorne Point State Park, Rt. 1A, Rye.
Picnic tables, hiking, biking, fishing & Seacoast Life Center. 603-436-7406.

Isle of Shoals. Ferry from either Rye Harbor or Portsmouth to this fascinating group of nine islands. Steamship Service from Portsmouth - 1-800-441-4620 / 603-431-5500. Ferry from Rye Harbor: Island Cruises, Inc. Rye Harbor State Marina. P.O. Box 66. Rte 1-A Ocean Blvd., Rye. (603) 964-6446. Note: Itineraries vary.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Albacore Submarine Park, 600 Market Street. A major ship building facility & Museum, 10 miles north via Rt. 1 or I95. Note: Authorized personnel only in Naval Shipyard.

Newburyport. Art fairs, antique shops theatre and restaurants.

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. Ocean Blvd., Hampton. Top bands, comics and entertainers. (603) 929-4100.

Sagamore Golf. Driving range and mini-golf facility, North Road, North Hampton. There are also many miniature golf venues; Captain's Cove Adventure Golf, 822 Lafayette Rd, Hampton, is one of the flashiest. (603) 926-5011.

A group of seventh grade students from North Hampton recently banded together to raise money to save the historic White Island Lighthouse. They hope their efforts can help stop any further deterioration.

The Isle of Shoals is inhabited nowadays only by students of its Shoals Marine Lab and attendees at Star Island's summer long program of conferences and retreats. But before the lighthouse was automated, various light keepers lived there, and a small group of people attempted to live year round on Appledore Island.

Thomas Laighton manned the White Island light from 1839 to 1846 and kept his family there with him. His daughter, Celia, grew up to become New Hampshire's most famous poet. Writers and artists including Whittier and Hemingway visited her salon in its heyday.

In March of 1873 the brutal ax murder of two Norwegian immigrants took place on Smuttynose Island. It has been recently reprized in print and movie format. The 2000 "Weight of Water" mystery-thriller based on Anita Shreve's book of the same title starred Sean Penn and Sara Polley.